LONDON — "I've got two daughters now," joked Philip Green as he guided both a visibly nervous Kate Moss and his real daughter, Chloe, up the escalators for the launch preview of the Kate Moss Topshop collection at the retailer's Oxford Street flagship on Monday night.
Crowds were buzzing six-deep around the block outside, while inside Moss — clad in a scarlet maxi dress of her own design — prepared to make her debut. The store's main window had been made to look like a stage, filled with mannequins displaying the line's clothes. Moss took to the stage 10 minutes before the doors opened to strike a pose as the flashbulb frenzy ensued. But she didn't stay long — a curtain failed to open completely, and Moss rapidly fled the bedlam to the relative quiet of the store.
Excitement had already been building at the prelaunch cocktail, where guests including Lily Cole, Bella Freud, Sadie Frost and Peaches Geldof swarmed around the collection, grappling for order forms and searching for a duplicate of Moss' maxi design. "Look, look. They've got this in red, too," said Freud, holding up a blue jersey dress to friends.
"I want the yellow shirt and the waistcoat dress. I'm just trying to get my head 'round it all," said Cole. And would she be venturing into fashion design herself anytime soon? "No, no. I think I'm going to leave Kate to conquer that field," she laughed.
Today, crowds are due to gather once more at the store for the official launch, where doors will open at 7 a.m.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion